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Adam Mazmanian

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Adam Mazmanian
Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the online network in the 1990s, and was a regular contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.
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Speed bumps for VAs new scheduling system

A watchdog report has identified gaps in training and oversight regarding the new scheduling system being implemented at VA medical facilities.

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New State Dept. cyber bureau announced

A new cyber unit is planned for the State Department, covering cyberspace and digital policy—as one of a number of improvements announced by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a recent speech.

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Civic tech vendor recognizes employee union

Code for America recognized a new employee union, a first in the civic tech sector.

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CISA seeks 24-hr timeline on cyber reporting

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency aims for faster reporting times on critical, security-threatening events. Two separate Senate bills set different deadlines for federal contractors, critical infrastructure providers and other covered companies to report cyber incidents to the federal government.

Federal CIO tees up new TMF awards

The awards—whose purpose is to modernize government IT—are the first since TMF's $1 billion plus-up in the American Rescue Plan Act, and are expected to be made public soon.

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Shutdown looms as House takes up CR, debt limit extension

Most agencies are still operating under shutdown plans crafted under the Trump administration, but there are provisions for continuing pandemic programs and operations.

House bill contains nearly $800 million for CISA

The funding would support the implementation of President Joe Biden's May EO on cybersecurity and workforce development.

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IRS dips into enforcement funds, user fees for IT

Each year, the IRS must take extraordinary measures to fund IT," IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig explained in an August letter to three senators ...

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Census servers hacked in 2020

A watchdog report indicates that aging remote-access servers at the Census Bureau were successfully targeted by hackers in early 2020, using a known vulnerability -- and while no data was stolen, the incident revealed flaws in the bureau's cybersecurity response.

Senate panel wants DHS to focus intel activities on foreign threats

The Senate version of the annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed out of committee last week, includes a warning to the DHS intelligence arm to distinguish more carefully between its foreign and domestic missions.

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WH orders software protection compliance

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to comply with software supply chain security measures, as set out in a May 2021 cybersecurity executive order.

CISA debuts vulnerability disclosure platform

Federal civilian agencies can tap a bug reporting system fielded by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to track potential website and software vulnerabilities.

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VA mandates vaccination for clinical staff

VA Secretary Denis McDonough cited the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as a factor in ordering the new vaccination policy.

Lawmakers balk at issues with VA's $21 billion health record program

At a Senate hearing last week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough noted deficiencies in training, including a lack of a real system available for use by clinicians in advance of the go-live date for a new, integrated health care software system.

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OPM: Ahuja confirmed as director

Kiran Ahuja has been confirmed as director at OPM, with V.P. Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

DOD: Esper out

President Trump announced on Twitter that he had fired his secretary of defense, with Christopher C. Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, taking over on an acting basis.